Welcome to our list of arts and cultural events happening in the NSW Central West gathered from artists, event producers, great local venues and groups across the region.
It's free to submit your local events. (Use the 'Submit' option under the 'Whats On' menu at the top of the page).
For maps and details of museums, galleries, artist studios, historic sites, Aboriginal experiences and sites, craft shops, handmade retail outlets or public art go to the Culture Maps Central NSW menu.

Enemy Aliens: The Dunera boys in Orange, 1941

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Exhibition: 19 November 2022 – 23 April 2023
This exhibition tells the little-known story of the time the Dunera boys spent at the Orange Showground in 1941 and features artworks created during their internment. Many are drawn from the archives of relatives and private lenders, as well as never-before-seen works from a recently acquired collections held by the State Library of NSW. This project was developed and curated by Dr Seumas Spark, Adjunct Fellow in History at Monash University, Emeritus Professor Andrew Mcnamara from the Queensland University of Technology and translator Kate Garrett, in conjunction with Orange Regional Museum.

Free

Feathers, Fur, Flowers & Faces

Alby + Esters, Mudgee 61 Market St, Mudgee, NSW

New exhibition opening tomorrow from local artist Felicity Cavanough. Felicity creates intricate wire sculptures & paints a variety of subjects, inspired by every-day moments.

Get up! Stand up! Show up!

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

Meet some of our local achievers living this year’s national NAIDOC theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! in a new photographic foyer exhibition from 29 October. Produced in conjunction with the Orange NAIDOC Week Committee, with photography by Jason French and artwork by Kylie Tarleton, this exhibition celebrates members of the Orange Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community working for justice, equality, community and culture, as well as those who are leading by example through achievements across a range of fields.

Next Gen Portrait Prize

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

This exhibition will run as a satellite show in the upstairs gallery spaces at Mudgee Arts Precinct in conjunction with the Inaugural MAP Portrait Prize 2022.

Free entry

Still Life

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

This selection of works from Orange Regional Gallery’s Collection presents various approaches to the still life genre. Ranging from works on paper, painting, photography and ceramics, each is an invitation to imagine the daily life and narratives of the objects, artists, and times from which they were made.

Free entry

Collection Highlights and Recent Acquisitions

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

This exhibition includes recent acquisitions by John Olsen OAM, Elisabeth Cummings, Peter Boggs, Kevin Connor, Rachel Ellis, Hendrik Kolenberg, Margaret Loy Pula, Mandy Martin, Arthur McIntyre, Mavis Ngallametta, Tom Polo, David Serisier, Tim Storrier, Aida Tomescu and John R Walker. These are shown alongside collection highlights.

From the Studio, the Artists of Hill End

Hill End Art Gallery Beyers Ave, Hill End, NSW

Exhibition will be opened by Sarah Gurich - Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 10 December 2-4pm.

Mudgee Arts Precinct Portrait Prize

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

MAP received nearly 400 entries for the inaugural MAP Portrait Prize. MAP Portrait Prize was open to submissions in all media to artists at any level of their artistic practice from beginners right through to arts professionals encouraged to enter.

Free entry

Laurence Edwards

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

One of the few sculptors who casts his own work, Laurence Edwards is fascinated by human anatomy and the metamorphosis of form and matter that governs the lost-wax process. His sculptures express the raw liquid power of bronze, its versatility, mass and evolution, and the variety of process marks he retains tell the story of how and why each work came to be.

‘NEW BEGINNINGS’ BY GRENFELL ARTISTS INC

Grenfell Art Gallery 88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW

The title expresses that after the Covid hiatus we have sprung back to life with renewed energy and vigour and a refreshed motivation to create new and different artworks.

Boxed: an exhibition in four parts

Kandos Projects 18 Angus Avenue, Kandos, NSW

Textile artist Leanne Wicks, Professor of Taxinema (Latin for  'yarning appearance') of Songlark University, presents a museological exposition of endangered bird species local to the region of Kandos, and associated Capertee and Cudgegong Valleys. She is also renowned for her behavioural studies of the cockatoos that have learnt to open her green bin. (Songlark University is an affiliate of KSCA, the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation)

Free

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW

The landmark exhibition Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize explores the prize across its history, revealing fascinating stories behind 100 carefully selected artworks. It uncovers changes in society in engaging ways, enabling people to experience how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over a century.

JOHN DALY: reCLAYm

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW

Using the transformative power of the kiln to reclaim and reuse waste materials, the resulting works in reCLAYm are a manifesto for an innovative and environmentally aware approach to art making. Daly aims to inspire others to creatively reuse that which was considered useless, and to add his own ripples to this new wave of action and debate amongst artistic practitioners.  

SENIORS WEEK EXHIBITION

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

This February, a variety of events and activities will be held during the Mid-Western Seniors Festival to celebrate the incredible seniors in our community.
Local artists, crafters, writers and photographers have entered their works in the Seniors Festival Competition which are now on display at the Mudgee Arts Precinct until 19 February.

FREE

Iku: Invisible Connection

Orange Regional Gallery 149 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible ~ Novalis

Shadowlands

WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos 71 Angus St, Kandos, NSW

In Shadowlands, eight Central West artists explore the qualities of light and shadow through painting, paper, photography and textile installation. As shadows fall across landscape, interiors and figures, these small absences of light reveal the larger patterns of form, place and time. Including work by Bradley Bradley, Chanel Sohier, Eloise Maree, Joel Tonks, Laura Baker, Lilium Burrow, Linda Chant and Lulu Wulf.

Free

Quietlands by FIONA KENT

Peisley St Gallery, Orange 54 Peisley St Gallery, Orange, NSW

Recognised and awarded as a finalist in The Kennedy Prize for Art in 2021 and 2022 and The Calleen Award in 2022, Quietlands is Fiona's latest collection depicting our Australian landscape.

Inside This Box: a Group Exhibition

The Corner Store Gallery, Orange 382 Summer Street, Orange, NSW

Our extremely popular Group Show INSIDE THIS BOX is back for another year and we want to hear from you! Artists are invited to submit work of any medium or subject matter with measurements that fit within 30x30cm (this includes framing and must not exceed these dimensions).

Recurring

Exhibition Tours led by BRAG staff

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70-78 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW

Join a free, guided tour of the current suite of exhibitions at BRAG, led by gallery staff

Recurring

Bathurst Arts Trail

Bathurst Bathurst, NSW

The Bathurst Arts Trail is a collective of artists throughout the Bathurst region who open their galleries and studios to visitors on the first weekend of each month.

Free

Working the Waters

Mudgee Arts Precinct Market St, Mudgee, NSW

Working the Waters takes its cue from the multiple modes of human engagement with the waters on the planet.  With an emphasis on the folly and resultant disasters of human psychology Working the Waters combines installation and immersive video to explore the liminal zone of the pedosphere where human action and water meet.

WASTE 2 ART 2023

Waste to Art is an initiative of NetWaste & generously sponsored by SIMS Metal. The aim is to challenge people's perceptions about 'rubbish' and to celebrate the re-use and recycling of waste across the NetWaste region.

 

The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Event listings are sourced or supplied from local venues and arts organisations. Many events listed here have been originally shared by the organisers on social media. Whilst all care is taken – and accuracy is our priority – we can take no responsibility for date changes or the content of contributed information. Contact the event organisers listed for more details or to book tickets.

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